Colleen Janczewski, PhD, MSW

Assistant Professor
Social Work

Dr. Colleen Janczewski is an assistant professor at the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare and a policy and practice analyst at ICFW. Dr. Janczewski's research interests include child maltreatment and examining how public systems interface with vulnerable children and families. She has expertise in applying advanced statistical techniques to inform policy decisions and practice innovations in social service systems. Dr. Janczewski holds a Ph.D. in social welfare from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a master’s degree in social work from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Dr. Janczewski is currently the principal investigator of the Evaluation of Alternative Response in Wisconsin, a system-wide innovation taking place in 22 county child protective service agencies in Wisconsin. She is also an evaluator for the Family Foundations Home Visiting program, an effort led by the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families and Department of Health Services. This extensive, multiyear evaluation includes a randomized trial of evidence-based home visiting programs (the Healthy Families study) and a longitudinal survey of family well-being — the FACT study (Families And Children Thriving).


  • Ph.D., Social Welfare, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2014
  • MSW, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2001
  • B.S., Sociology (Criminology concentration), Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1998

Professional Interests:

  • Child maltreatment
  • Agency decision-making in public systems
  • Concentrated poverty and cumulative risk
  • Client engagement and autonomy
  • Program evaluation

Recent Grants:

  • 2016-2018: Mixed Method Evaluation of Wisconsin’s Alternative Response. Wisconsin Department of Children and Families. (Oct. 1, 2016-Sept. 30, 2018). Role: Principal Investigator.
  • 2016-2018: Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Grant Program. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration Award No. 1 X10MC295120100 (April 1, 2016-Sept. 30, 2018). Role: Evaluator.
  • 2015-2017: Smart Scale Up II: Promoting Family Engagement, Health and Mental Health. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration Award No. 1 D89MC282590100 (March 1, 2015-Sept. 30, 2017). Role: Evaluator.
  • 2013-2016: Smart Scale Up: Expanding Home Visiting with Fidelity. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration Award No. 1 D89MC26367-01-00. (Oct. 1, 2013-Dec. 31, 2016). Role: Evaluator.
  • 2013: Assessing Family Engagement & Community Partnerships within Wisconsin Early Childhood Programs. The Governor’s Early Childhood Advisory Council, Madison, Wisconsin. Role: Co-Principal Investigator.

Recent Publications:

  • Mersky, J. P., Janczewski, C. E., & Topitzes, J. (2017). Rethinking the measurement of adversity: moving toward second-generation research on adverse childhood experiences. Child Maltreatment, 22(1), 58-68.
  • Janczewski, C.E. & Mersky, J.P. (2016). What's so different about differential response? A multilevel and longitudinal analysis of child neglect investigations. Child and Youth Services Review 67, 123-132.
  • Mersky, J. P., Topitzes, J., Janczewski, C. E., & McNeil, C. B. (2015). Enhancing foster parent training with Parent-Child Interaction Therapy: Evidence from a randomized field experiment. Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research, 6(4), 591-616.
  • Janczewski, C. E. (2015). The influence of differential response on decision-making in child protective service agencies. Child Abuse & Neglect, 39, 50-60.
  • Mersky, J., & Janczewski, C. E. (2013). Adult well-being of foster care alumni: Comparisons to other child welfare recipients and a non-child welfare sample in a high-risk, urban setting. Children and Youth Services Review, 35(3), 367-376.
  • Janczewski, C., Dutch, N., & Wang, K. (2008). Crafting the Greenbook: Framers reflect on the vision, process, and lessons learned. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 23(7), 981-1006.
  • Malik, N., Ward, K., & Janczewski, C.  (2008). Coordinated community response to family violence: The role of domestic violence service organizations. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 23(7), 933- 955.
  • Malik, N., Silverman, J., Wang, K., & Janczewski, C. (2008). Domestic violence and dependency courts: The Greenbook demonstration experience. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 23(7), 956-980.

Curriculum Vitae